Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Bambi Molesters - A Night In Zagrebdotdotdotdotdot
All I can say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME! A live album from The Bambi Molesters is so long over due. Some really great performances, capture quite live and genuine. A handful of vocals interspersed. All in all, a great album of vital, powerful, and artful surf from one of the more original surfbands. Highly recommended.
Picks: Wrong Turn, Point Break, Siboney, Last Ride, Corazon Del Loco Jorge, Glider, High Wall, Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers, The Kiss Off, Point Of No Return, As The Dark Wave Swells, Wanganui, Theme From Slaying Beauty, La Bruta, The Wedge, Chaotica, Bubble Bath, Mindbender, Panic Party, Malaguena, Pearl Divin', Cecilia Ann, Latin'ia

Track by Track Review


Wrong Turn dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A chunky muted chord progression similar to Hawkwind's "Angels Of Death" gives "Wrong Turn" serious grit. The melody is superb, and is tortured with string bending and interesting distortion. It's an intense and powerful track that's adventurous and creates a sense of open road travel in a desolate landscape. Great bass really hold it together.

Point Break dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Point Break" still celebrates the lightly damped double picked rhythm guitar, the long ringing shimmery lead, and the inviting rhythm. This is wonderful live, with very cool chemistry. The subtle keys add a spooky edge.

Siboney dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lacuona's splendid "Siboney" is beautifully arranged, with the keys adding delicate piano like tinkle to an already wonderful track, and the subtle sax adds period charm. Very cool!

Last Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Churning modulation chills and flows on a Mexican afternoon ride. Melodic and very fluid. The horns add a touch of cool. Very nicely done.

Corazon Del Loco Jorge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modulated Spanish sadness, brilliant melody and liquid guitars. "Corazon Del Loco Jorge" is smooth and the scene it displays is a little dangerous. Sultry and very lovely.

Glider dotdotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

The delicate rhythm and gorgeous lead harken back to the earlier arrangement. Perfect balance and counter melody circle in rich and endearing sound with horn added. Melancholia with cautious optimism. Beautifully done.

High Wall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gentle cymbals and kick drum introduce The Wailers' classic prison break instro with its tortured whammy chords and ominous whirling keys. Very powerful, with dangerous sax and dark tone.

Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Still kicking after all these years, "Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers" is from the first album. It has a readily identifiable Bambi Molesters melody and arrangement. The horn and keys add soul to this fine piece.

The Kiss Off dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Beat" opens to spy-like modulated second guitar with a mysterious melody. Toward the middle the beef is added,as are the keys and horn. Sweeping and scenic.

Point Of No Return dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Point Of No Return" is a slow and gentle song that's beautiful and dramatic. The keys add a sort of "Mashi" flavor. This is slow and lovely, with rich tone and and an easy gate.

As The Dark Wave Swells dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"As The Dark Wave Swells" opens with a gentle guitar melody on guitar complimented by modulated guitar. It becomes a lush easy moving number with a beautiful melody and romantic sound, then another verse in, superb tom toms and keys add spaghetti drama. It's a lovely song that's hard to escape.

Wanganui dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wanganui" has been with the band forever! It still sounds so good! The strong melody and fullness of the lead and gutsiness of the rhythm bring a lot more power out of the song. Tuff glissandos from both guitars. Great drums!

Theme From Slaying Beauty dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich twang tone and whirling keys drive this spy-ish tune. The playful melody floats atop a strong backtrack.

La Bruta dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Bruta" is a tuff fart rocker in style, with sax and keys and flying guitars. It's quite a bit of a diversion for The Bambi Molesters. The audience shouts the title at all the right places.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Wedge" is nicely delivered, with precise double picking and a gentler drive than many versions. The breaks are really fine. as are the long slow glissandos. More art than flash, this is a very effective and enjoyable arrangement.

Chaotica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly modulated guitar, rich tone, and an exotic melody line, delivered in a sinewy throbbing arrangement. Squonky sax and haunted keys create mysterious images. This is like Polynesian exotica reborn in surf.

Bubble Bath dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The beautiful structure and melody are characteristic of this band. Optimistic and yet a little sad. It has all the charm and balance of the early tracks from The Bambi Molesters. A splendid track!

Mindbender dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The arrangement and writing here harken back to the Dumb Loud Hollow Twang days, though "Mindbender" is galloping cool, double picked, glissando driven, and just too much fun. Not at all psychedelic as you might expect from the title.

Panic Party dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Panic Party" is angular and on the spaghetti side. Tuff string swipes and gutsy drive. Big whammy and a bit of dementia, and some very intense tone at times. Very cool!

Malaguena dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on The Trashmen's monster, this is also significantly different. Very Spanish, heavy weight power, and twanged on big whammy chords. Great trumpet adds much to this performance of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena." The arrangement is very powerful and oh-so satisfying!

Pearl Divin' dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pearl Divin'" is my absolute favorite Bambi Molesters song. Relaxed and sultry, and augmented by the trumpet and piano. A much more sophisticated arrangement reminds me of the Doors' "Riders on the Storm," in part due to the piano, bass line, and the vibrato, yet it still portrays the delicate beauty that was captured in the original production. It remains stunningly melodic in a pure lagoon surf way. Perfect!

Cecilia Ann dotdotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

The Surftones' "Cecilia Ann" is played partly with reverence, and partly with amped up whammy sting. The up and down glissandos are superb. Very cool!

Latin'ia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nuñes' wonderful tune gets a reverb kick drenched treatment, with spooky keys added. Not as huge sounding as their studio take, but very strong! Artful, cutting, full bodied, and powerful, yet retaining the delicate writing. The power is very satisfying. Superb!